“Ray was part of a wave of artists during the 1970s who addressed sculpture as an activity rather than as an object. In the iconic two-part photographic work Plank Piece the artist documents the use of his own body as the sculptural component. The static photograph belies the performative nature of the activity presented. Contrived through a complex balance between weight and gravity the artist suspended his body using only a plank of wood, creating a minimal, graphic image that is at once humorous and unsettling.”
Berlin based French artist Matthieu Bourel is obsessed with the power of images and their combinations. In Collage, he likes to watch every picture as the point of departure for a story to evoke an imaginative history or to inspire the nostalgia. This obsession of collecting disparate images from books, old magazines and other found material becomes a part of the emerging image as the mark-making. Those emergent narrative symbols seem to be charged with a familiar yet distant emotion.